Nigeria VP Cracks Down On Anti-Robbery Squad

Nigeria VP Cracks Down On Anti-Robbery Squad

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the immediate overhaul of a police unit following allegations of human rights abuses. The special anti-robbery squad, known as Sars, will be reformed and a new commissioner appointed to head it. The unit has become notorious for allegations of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, torture and extortion. There has […]

Burundi To Ban Plastic Bags by 2020

Burundi To Ban Plastic Bags by 2020

In 2020, Burundi will join a growing number of African countries to have banned plastic bags. President Pierre Nkurunziza issued a decree on Monday prohibiting the “manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all plastic bags and other plastic packaging”, according to a presidential order seen by the BBC. It will come into effect in […]

Zimbabwe Election: Inauguration Delayed After Result Challenged

Zimbabwe Election: Inauguration Delayed After Result Challenged

Sunday’s inauguration of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been halted after a legal challenge by the opposition against the election result. MDC leader Nelson Chamisa says he has evidence to show that he was cheated out of the 30 July presidential vote. His party says the poll was marred by “mammoth theft and fraud”, but […]

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila Not Seeking Third Term

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila Not Seeking Third Term

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila will not be seeking a third term in December’s election, his spokesperson has said. The governing coalition has nominated former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to be its candidate. Mr Kabila’s second term ended in 2016, but elections have been delayed and there had been speculation that he […]

Egypt’s Pope Quits Facebook to Save Time

Egypt’s Pope Quits Facebook to Save Time

Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, has announced his intent to shut down his official Facebook page and make better use of his time, the state-run Mena news agency reports. It quoted him as saying on Facebook: Time is the most precious gift God gives us daily, and we […]

Zimbabwe Election: Troops Fire On MDC Alliance Supporters

Zimbabwe Election: Troops Fire On MDC Alliance Supporters

Three people were killed in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare after troops opened fire on rioting opposition supporters, police say. The government says the army was deployed in central Harare to help police restore order. The opposition MDC Alliance condemned the crackdown, saying it was a reminder of the “dark days” of Robert Mugabe’s rule. It alleges […]

Zimbabwe Election: Both Sides Certain of Winning

Zimbabwe Election: Both Sides Certain of Winning

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main rival, Nelson Chamisa both say they are confident of victory after Monday’s election. Observers say it could be a tight race, but the opposition has said it will protest if their candidate is defeated. Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.

Zimbabwe Election: First Vote Without Mugabe

Zimbabwe Election: First Vote Without Mugabe

Voters in Zimbabwe are going to the polls in the country’s first election without the involvement of long-time leader Robert Mugabe. The country’s founding president, Mr Mugabe was ousted in a coup last year after almost four decades in power. The main contenders in the presidential vote are incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa, of the ruling Zanu-PF […]

South Sudan Spends $16m On Cars for MPs Amidst Millions Living In Poverty

South Sudan Spends $16m On Cars for MPs Amidst Millions Living In Poverty

South Sudan’s 400 MPs have received a government loan of $40,000 (£30,300) each to buy cars for themselves, causing public anger. A presidential spokesman defended the $16m expenditure, saying MPs could not be expected to “use motorbikes”. Critics have accused the government of rewarding MPs two weeks after they voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s […]

Nigeria Ruling Party Hit By Defections

Nigeria Ruling Party Hit By Defections

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari’s party has been hit by a second wave of defections in one day. It has been announced that 38 members of the house of representatives have left the All Progressives Congress. This news comes after 15 senators in the upper house of Nigeria’s parliament, the Senate, had made a similar move. […]